State engineer: Ute water pipeline critical

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield listen to a speaker at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam theater. They, Congressional aides and water experts talked about the urgent need for federal money for the pipeline. Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline […]

Thursday morning briefing: We’re talking water and a boy king

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Projects due Science Fair Projects at Zia Elementary School are due Tuesday and judging will take place Nov. 11. A science fair assembly will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Question of the day If you could only access just one website for your entire […]

Cholera poses new threat to Haitians

Freedom New Mexico As if the island country of Haiti had not suffered enough from the earthquake Jan. 12, the country is experiencing a deadly outbreak of cholera. As of Monday morning, the Red Cross said there were 3,015 confirmed cases of cholera and 253 deaths from the disease, which is spread through contaminated water […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

School board approves land acquisition for middle school

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal School board of education approved a contract Tuesday to acquire 40 acres of donated land from Clovis developer Sid Strebeck. Thirty acres will be used to build a proposed new middle school. The contract included the offer of 10 additional acres for the future development of an elementary school, sewer […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Stream commission to discuss extending water rights

Thomas Garcia Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract has been extended twice before, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cannon, water fights and who’s on first

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Ideas sought The Joint Land Use Study Committee is hosting a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Senior Center. Members of the public will be asked to offer ideas on land used by both Cannon Air Force Base and the civilian community. You […]

Water company drilling second well

CNJ staff After the failure of a well, New Mexico American Water and contractors on the Lower Dockum Exploratory Deep Well project have received permission from the Office of the State Engineer to drill a second well near the site of the first well. The first exploratory deep well failed in August due to difficulties […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Press release: American Water granted permission to drill second well

CLOVIS, N.M. (Aug. 19, 2010) – New Mexico American Water and its contractors on the Lower Dockum Exploratory Deep Well project have received permission from the Office of State Engineer to drill a second well near the site of the first well, which failed due to technical difficulties. “Our job is to make sure there […]

Portales rescinds water alert

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Ute water authority to meet, discuss selling shares

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority is set to meet at 10 a.m Aug. 19 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Included in the meeting will be an inquiry to see if anybody is interested in selling shares of water in the Ute Reservoir until the Ute Pipeline project is in service. Officials have […]

Portales water restrictions likely will be lifted Monday

Freedom New Mexico A mandatory water alert in Portales will be lifted Monday if all goes according to plan, said City Manager Tom Howell. The water restriction, which bans watering lawns, was enacted Thursday because two pumps in one of the city’s well fields were malfunctioning. The decreased production meant the city storage tanks couldn’t […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune The city of Portales announced water restrictions Thursday on its digital billboard outside city hall. City Manager Tom Howell said there is not a water crisis, but problems with two pumps at the city well mean less production. One of the pumps is expected to be fixed today. Jared Tucker Portales […]

Water authority approves finance plan

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Consultants, lawyers and board members prepare for the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority meeting Thursday at the Texico Fire Department. The board approved a finance plan for the $500 million Ute Lake water project. Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to […]

Portales officials concerned water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

New Mexico American Water appoints vice president

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water has appointed Daniel Bailet as vice president of its operations. Bailet will be based in NMAW’s Albuquerque office and will oversee all aspects of the company’s operations within the state, according to a press release from NMAW.

Water board meeting canceled

CNJ staff The Water Policy Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled.

Clovis summer water use down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Drivers navigate Grand Avenue where rains Tuesday covered one of the street’s two lanes. A New Mexico American Water official said the abundance of recent rains have helped keep water demand down. On Tuesday, 1.42 inches of rain fell in Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Liliana Castillo Water […]